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Shisendo Temple 詩仙堂

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The scenic retirement villa of a scholarly samurai

Shisendo Temple is in Kyoto's Higashiyama district, a less-traveled part of the city. For those looking to escape the crowds of more high-profile attractions, Shisendo offers a tranquil experience. Shisendo's name translates as “hermit's retreat,” which fits the place well.

Former samurai, Chinese classics scholar, and landscape architect Ishikawa Jozan built the place in 1641 as a retirement villa. It features a collection of 36 portraits of ancient Chinese poets.

How to Get There

You can reach the temple by bus or train.

From Kyoto Station, take bus #5 to Ichijoji-kudari-matsumachi bus stop. The temple is a five-minute walk from there. From Demachiyanagi Station, take the Eizan Main Line to Ichijoji Station. It is a 10-minute walk east from there.

A serene garden

The temple is known for its karesansui, or dry landscape garden, which is especially beautiful in the spring when filled with bluish-purple azaleas. These flowering bushes symbolize islands in the sea and add to the garden's tranquil charm.

Winter wonderland

If you happen to visit in the winter, you might get lucky and see the garden at its most magical dusted with snow.

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